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Celebrating MyPlate Recipes - 6th ed. 
 
Jun. 11, 2013 6:17 pm 
Updated: Jun. 24, 2013 5:27 pm

I'm one who once I find a good author, I like to read every one of his/her books. I'm the same way with these Allrecipes collections. I've discovered the MyPlate Collection and can't seem to get away from it. Here are the dishes I've fixed recently:



QUICK AND EASY STUFFED PEPPERS - My meatless meal for the week. A recipe that lives up to its name because it is totally cooked in the microwave! Be sure to add salt, though.




CARROT CAKE OATMEAL was a huge surprise at how tasty it was. I loved this hearty, filling oatmeal!



DREAMY NIGHTTIME DRINK, along with a favorite book, makes the perfect bedtime duo...for adults and little ones alike.



BRAISED BALSAMIC CHICKEN - This was very different for me. It had a vinegar bite to it that I wasn't crazy about. I added a little bit of sugar at the end, and that seemed to cut that bite a bit. Next time, I will do as some of the reviewers suggested and add half chicken broth and half balsamic vinegar or perhaps use white balsamic vinegar. I served it over rice. 



LEMONY STEAMED FISH - This tasted better than my photo looks :) 



OVEN ROASTED GREEK POTATOES - I really liked these. A light lemony flavor that really was great with potatoes. You just have to remember to marinate them for quite a while in advance.



CARROT SALAD - I love this recipe! I use a sweet apple and really like that there's not mayo included.



TWELVE MINUTE PASTA TOSS - One of my newest favorite recipes. I love mini farfalle, so that's what I used. Loved the flavor of the sun-dried tomatoes. 



ALL-AROUND GOOD SMOOTHIE - Yep, all around good! It seemed pretty heavy in calories, though, so I turned 1 serving into 2. And, yes, it does taste better in a lovely stemmed glass!




HOMEMADE BLACK BEAN VEGGIE BURGERS - A delicious vegetarian burger that can be baked in the oven or grilled outside. I pulse the veggies in the food processor, and then I add the black beans and pulse some more. I don't have the problem of them not holding together as other reviewers have said, and I've made them at least 4 times. 



The final recipe I want to show you is one of my new favorites, although it's not MyPlate. I have fallen in love with CHOCOLATE-Y ICED MOCHA mainly because it uses two of my favorite things - coffee and chocolate - and because there's no way it has many calories in it, especially if you use all fat-free/sugar free products. I love the blended version best, and so far, I use it for breakfast and afternoon snacks. It makes a very large serving. There are so many variations that I think it'll take all summer long for me to make them :)



Well, those are my recent meals. Be sure to let me know if you've made some healthy, good-tasting recipes lately. I'd love to try them, even if they aren't MyPlate.






 
Comments
Bibi 
Jun. 11, 2013 6:31 pm
Love how adventurous you're being, Paula! These look great, especially the oatmeal.
 
Paula 
Jun. 11, 2013 6:39 pm
Oh, Bibi. I am very adventurous when it comes to cooking. I hardly ever fix the same dinner entree twice...or if I do, it's months apart. There are so many recipes out there to try!!!!!!
 
Lela 
Jun. 11, 2013 7:07 pm
Hello, Paula. All the recipes you highlighted look so good. I really want to try all the smoothies. I especially want to try the carrot salad without mayo. Thanks, for sharing.
 
Jun. 11, 2013 10:16 pm
Nice job, as usual! I looked at that smoothie but the protein powder and flax oil threw me. I have the Chocolate Iced Mocha on my agenda, I just need to make some chocolate syrup. Thanks for sharing. BTW, I am the same way about authors.
 
Paula 
Jun. 12, 2013 6:28 am
Lela - I love that carrot salad! Of course, I like sweet, so I use a sweet apple like honeycrisp. I'm thinking the type of apple you use will really change the taste.
 
Paula 
Jun. 12, 2013 6:33 am
BigShotsMom - Try that smoothie. It's good. I used a vanilla protein powder which added a little sweetness to the plain yogurt and then added in my ground flax seed. I always add the flax toward the beginning and blend the heck out of it. Flax is supposed to be good for us, so I try to add it to my diet at least once a day.
 
Jun. 12, 2013 8:19 am
Nicely done, Paula. Everything looks great.
 
Paula 
Jun. 12, 2013 1:09 pm
Thanks, Marie.
 
Jun. 24, 2013 5:27 pm
Hi Paula, I left a message for you on the buzz earlier today, about your cabbage-carrot casserole. I thought maybe this wld be a gd way to reach you faster! My question: I only have parm right now; how do you think that wld be? But I for sure will make it w/ cheddar soon, which I usually have around. I was looking for a cabbage casserole and loved seeing that you have one here. I'll watch on the buzz for a reply. Hope you're well. (I don't think I've told you how much I liked your tea party idea!) Thanks.
 
 
 
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Paula

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Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy

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About Me
I'm a wife, mother of 2, and grandmother of 6. I love to cook. I especially like to cook new and different recipes. I don't like to have the same meals week after week. My husband has decided it really doesn't matter whether he likes a new recipe or not because he won't see it again for a very long time anyway!
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook entrees and desserts. I like preparing good, down-to-earth cooking. I also decorate cakes, mostly for the grandchildren now.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holidays bring out the traditions: chocolate chip cheese ball; crockpot chicken and dressing; and broccoli salad, sweet potatoes and butterscotch pie handed down from past generations. Another thing that must be tradition in my family: we all make new recipes when we have company! My mother, sister, daughter, and I all do this. My daddy never understood why we would risk making something we had never made before. Actually, none of us has ever served company a new recipe that didn't taste good.
My cooking triumphs
Cake decorating: wedding cakes, bridal and baby shower cakes, birthday cakes: Little Pirate, Cinderella, Elmo, Strawberry Shortcake. My friends call me Betty Crocker. When my daughter got married, she had a bridal shower where the guests were asked to write something on an apron. My best friend told her if she needed a recipe or help in the kitchen to ask her mother. If she needed a good place to eat out, ask her.
My cooking tragedies
A 4 tier huge wedding cake that fell apart at 2:00am. Thankfully, I still had time to salvage the cake.
 
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